Aug 23, 2013 7:21 PM by Erika Flores
MARANA - Thornydale Elementary sent an email and sent home a letter to parents after a man approached two students Wednesday while they were walking home from Thornydale Elementary School.
The sheriff's department tells News 4 Tucson a man on a bike told the students he was looking for his dog.
He then asked the youngest one her age and where she lived.
Her teenage brother told the man to leave them alone.
This happened near West Mars street and Camino de Oeste on Wednesday.
The students were not harmed, and the Pima County Sheriff's department was notified.
The sheriff's department said deputies are on alert to keep an extra eye out in the area.
The sheriff's department said if anyone is approached by a suspicious person, they should scream, make a scene, run away in the opposite direction to a safe place and call police.
This is the email that was sent to parents:
August 22, 2013
Because the safety of our students is a top priority, I want to make you aware of an incident that occurred yesterday afternoon, Wednesday, August 21, 2013 in our surrounding community. At approximately 3:30 pm a man approached two of our students walking home and questioned them about their personal information and told students that he was looking for his dog. The incident occurred near W. Mars Street and Camino De Oeste.
The students were not harmed and The Pima County Sheriff's Department was notified and a report filed.
As always, we are committed to our students, staff and our community at large and respectfully request you to continue to assist us. Often our parents and community members can be our best eyes and ears in the protection of our students and our neighborhood. Also, during your conversations with your child, please continue to emphasize the importance of being aware of surroundings, being watchful of each other, walking together in groups, not talking to strangers, and reporting any concerns to an adult or authority.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Pima County Sheriff, at 351-4900, if you have any additional information regarding this incident or other safety concerns.
Thank you for your attention and support.
Thornydale Elementary Principal